U.S. Navy Reserves Cmdr. Kelley Castell presented to Kelley Everetts, senior vice president of global customer service operations for First Data Corp., a Patriot Award from the national committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
The award is given to employers and supervisors who go above and beyond in support of employees who are members of the National Guard or military reserves.
Bob DeRodes, chief technology officer at First Data, also received a Patriot Award.
Castell, a senior vice president at First Data, recently received orders to deploy to Afghanistan for 15 months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He said he nominated Everetts and DeRodes because of the support they have shown for him, his service and his family.